Friday, March 05, 2010

If you only read one non-fiction book this year...

If you only read one non-fiction book this year, make it Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers - the Story of Success". It poses many challenging questions, such as:
  • Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential?
  • What contributes more to a child's achievement: their IQ or culture, circumstance, timing, birth and luck?
  • Why were the best hockey players born in January?
You'll be amazed at the answers!

Some reviewers question the scientific validity of the author's findings, saying that his theories are too "out there" (e.g., that coming from a rice-growing culture helps you be a good maths student) but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the easy anecdotal narrative of the book, nor should it prevent you from drawing your own conclusions about your unique recipe for success.

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